The life and times of Lady Mary Heath – the first pilot, male or female, to fly solo in a small, open cockpit biplane from Cape Town to London in 1928 making front page news worldwide - is set to be commemorated in style starting on 1st November this year when Tracey Curtis-Taylor embarks on a journey to fly her own open cockpit Boeing Stearman biplane from Cape Town, aiming to arrive at Goodwood on 18th December.
Not for the faint-hearted, flying in an open cockpit, exposed to the elements, represents a formidable physical and logistical challenge in a plane designed in the 1930s, with a top speed of 95 mph, an operating ceiling of 10,000 feet and a range of only 450 miles. But this sort of extreme flying is what Curtis-Taylor has been doing all her working life.
“The cockpit and wings of Tracey’s biplane will be fitted with cameras, and she will be followed by a film crew in a chase plane”, said Annette Porter of Nylon Films whose company is passionate about making films by and about women. “The footage that captures the achingly beautiful scenery, the inevitable surprising challenges and moments of high emotion that come from an adventure of this sort, augmented by a cache of archive footage of early female pilots (including Lady Heath), will form the basis of an exciting documentary film which will be edited early next year.”Footage will be captured by a camera crew located in the chase plane with help from sponsors Livewire Digital, Inmarsat, Boeing, ExecuJet and Artemis. Livewire Digital’s M-Link solution for store and forward and real-time delivery of live video and audio over any IP circuit, will be used to capture the excitement as it unfolds. In a unique innovation, live video and audio will be delivered to broadcasters via Inmarsat’s new BGAN HDR service. The higher streaming rate service enables high-quality live video to be transmitted globally via a small, lightweight and highly compact terminal that can fit in a backpack. Edited video and stills will also be delivered over BGAN HDR to feed the vital social media campaign and broadcasters interested in the unfolding story. iPhones equipped with Livewire Digital’s newly launched NetCaster app - winner of TVB Europe’s Best in Show Award at the recent IBC 2013 - will be used by members of the team to take part in live multi-party interviews, and send in real-time photos, sequences of stills and video directly to the producer. This feed can be streamed live to the internet where members of the public interested in following the journey can log on and watch the action as it unfolds.
Concluding, Annette Porter, Nylon Films, said, “Producing both short and long form documentary films has contributed to a unique combination of storytelling skills and the ability to convey key messages in compact and memorable ways. We know how to get the best out of contributors so that content is emotional, relevant and impactful and how to craft that content in visually exciting and creative ways. We are really thrilled about the prospect of using the technology kindly donated by sponsors Livewire Digital and Inmarsat. It will play a significant role in helping us to achieve an ongoing communication with our audience.”
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Interested in charting the day to day progress of Tracey for the duration of the flight? We can provide full motion video and photographs documenting her progress. Please call Carolyn Boosey or Richenda Wood at Livewire Public Relations on 020 8339 7440 firstname.lastname@example.org or Richenda.email@example.com
About Nylon Films:
Founded in 2009 by Annette Porter and Helen Morrell, Nylon Films boasts programme-makers with a long list of prime-time credits who are passionate about making films by and about women.
Producing both short and long form documentary films has contributed to a unique combination of storytelling skills and the ability to convey key messages in compact and memorable ways. Nylon Films knows how to get the best out of contributors so that content is emotional, relevant and impactful and how to craft that content in visually exciting and creative ways.
About Livewire Digital:
Livewire Digital Ltd is a leading provider of live and store and forward video solutions for Mac and Windows platforms and has in-depth knowledge on satellite communications such as Inmarsat. Livewire also offers bespoke hardware and software solutions and a range of HD cameras designed for extreme sports.
More information about the technology being used:
Livewire Digital’s NetCaster iPhone app for capturing breaking news: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVr8ODgknZg
Inmarsat’s HDR (High Data Rate) service http://www.inmarsat.com/services/bgan-hdr H.264 is the current video compression standard used by Livewire Digital. H.265 is a step up from this codec allowing the same video to be sent using half the data, or the same video sent at twice the quality using the same amount of data. HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec) is another name for H.265.